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Foolproof Tunisian Brick Pastry Recipe

When it comes to Tunisian cuisine, no one can resist brik. This delicious triangular pastry is traditionally deep-fried. For a healthier version, look at our vegetarian, oven-baked brick pastry recipe below.

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Nutritional Values of Brick Pastry

Each serving contains 632 calories, which provides 32% of adult’s daily intake. It also offers 37.1 grams fat (53%), 64.3 grams carbs (25%), and 1.32 grams salt (22%).

Moreover, there are 4.9 grams fiber, 12.1 grams protein (24%), 19.6 grams saturated fat (98%), and 12 grams sugars (13%) per brik serving. That means brik is both filling and quite nutritious.

Triangle-shaped Tunisian pastry with spiced vegetable egg filling and side-salad.

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Ingredients for Tunisian Brik (Made with Filo Pastry)

Brik

  • 2 medium Yukon gold or sweet potatoes
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 150 grams butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 sun-dried red chilies
  • 2 spring onions (trimmed and chopped)
  • 6 sheets phyllo dough
  • ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • black pepper (freshly ground)
  • sea salt

Quick Salad

  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • Ground cumin
  • 1 bunch fresh watercress
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 lemons (cut in half)
  • 4 tablespoons fat-free yogurt

 

Preparation

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 400°F/200°C/gas 6. Then, wash the potatoes and bake them with their skins left on in the oven until they are tender inside. Allow them to cool.

Be sure you leave the oven on. Peel the baked potatoes and mash them up in a large bowl after that.

Step 2

Crush the dried chilies as well as coriander seeds using mortar and pestle. Stir them with the ground cinnamon. Add the mixture to the mashed potato. Season it with black pepper and salt.

Take beaten egg and chopped spring onions. Fold them into the mashed sweet potato mixture.

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Step 3 

Do the butter melting in a medium pan. Bash up unused coriander seeds. Spread the melted butter onto the first filo sheet. Sprinkle it with a dash of cinnamon and crushed coriander.

Cover it with the second one. Apply butter, cinnamon, and coriander. Repeat the process after adding the third filo sheet. Cut your stacked sheets into two squares with a knife. They are roughly 15 centimeters in size.

Step 4

To keep your pastry from drying out, do the above process with the rest of the sheets. In total, you should have four filo squares.

Place the filling in the middle of each filo square. Spread it out slightly. Next, fold the squares into triangle shapes. Another option is making brick pastry spring rolls.

Brush both sides of triangle pastry parcels with the remaining melted butter. Place them on a baking tray. Then, leave them in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until they have turned into light brown and crisp. 

Step 5

Combine the red onion, parsley, mint, and watercress in a bowl. Whisk the lemon juice, ground cumin, yogurt, and olive oil together.

Over the salad mixture, pour the yogurt dressing. Serve the hot Tunisian briks with side-salad and lemon halves.

Whether or not you are a vegetarian, our brick pastry recipe is worth trying. We guarantee that the dish will be a crowd-pleaser, and it emotionally transports you and your family to Tunisia.

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